It seems like a killer idea. Facebook should pay media companies for their content, argued News Corp executive chairman Rupert Murdoch on Monday.
For starters, this would be a welcome noble and public gesture for Facebook as it grapples with the scourge of fake news. Give some cash to the good guys protecting the world by producing real journalism!
Plus, there’s an obvious media business parallel that Murdoch latches onto. Cable companies like Comcast pay media companies to carry their networks, like say ESPN or VH1.
Tony Haile, CEO of the stealth digital news payment startup Scroll, knows the digital media world well. He thinks Murdoch has it all wrong.
To read more about how Murdoch’s cable analogy doesn’t hold water, click here.
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